Psychological Medicine

Research Article

The design and development of a screening questionnaire (CHQ) for use in community studies of mental disorders in Taiwan

Tai-Ann Chenga1 c1 and Paul Williamsa1

a1 Institute of Psychiatry, London


The problems which arise in the use of a psychiatric screening instrument in a language and culture other than that in which it was designed and developed are considered. An account is given of the development of a psychiatric screening questionnaire suitable for use in Chinese community samples. The questionnaire was derived from a Chinese translation of the General Health Questionnaire, with the addition of specially designed, culturally-relevant items. Discriminant function analysis was then used to select a subset of 12 items which discriminated well between ‘cases’ and ‘normals’ in the community.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr T.-A. Cheng, Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital, 1 Chang-te Street, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.